Long-Stem Buttercup
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Long-Stem Buttercup
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Long-Stem Buttercup
Botanical name: Ranunculus longicaulis    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Ranunculus nephelogenes var. longicaulis, Ranunculus pulchellus var. longicaulis Trautv.

Long-Stem Buttercup is a beautiful wildflower characterized by small yellow buttercup flowers atop almost bare stems. It is a perennial herb with stems 10-25 cm, usually hairless for most part, simple. Basal leaveshave blade undivided, ovate, narrowly elliptic, oblong, or linear-lanceshaped. Stem leaves are lanceshaped-linear, undivided. Flowers solitary with petals 4.5-6 mm, sepals 4-5 mm. Stamens are numerous; anthers narrowly oblong. Aggregate fruit is ovoid or narrowly ovoid, 4-7 x 3-5 mm. Long-Stem Buttercup is found in Afghanistan to the Himalayas, to Siberia and W. & N. China, at altitudes of 1700-4200 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh, Tabish Photographed in Nubra Valley, Ladakh.

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